Heimo Mikkola

University of Eastern Finland

Heimo Mikkola, Ph.D., has more than 35 years of experience in sustainable development through working with growing responsibilities in international organizations, in particular the African Development Bank, European Union, United Nations System and the World Bank. Dr. Mikkola received his Ph.D. from the University of Kuopio, Finland. He has visited and worked in 133 countries (46 of those in Africa). In South America, he worked with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Colombia and Uruguay visiting also Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curaçao, Guadeloupe, Panama and Venezuela. Since 1988 Dr. Mikkola has been an adjunct professor at Eastern Finland University. Between 2010 and 2018, he served as a visiting professor at three different universities in Almaty, Kazakhstan and one in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. He has published more than 660 zoological papers and texts and has edited seven books.

7books edited

9chapters authored

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The Amazonia is the largest continuous river basin and rainforest ecosystem in the world. In all aspects it is a natural wonder, and the rainforest with its billions of trees is a vital carbon store that slows down the advance of global warming. It is home to one million indigenous people and some three million species of plants and animals. There have been many climate fluctuations during the last 55 million years of its existence, but never before have “the lungs of the world” been at greater risk than they are today due to uncontrolled fires, expanding agriculture and heavy industrial development in the forms of oil drilling, mining and large hydroelectric dams. Over twelve chapters, this book describes the anthropological, biological and industrial problems facing the Amazonia, and seeks to find new solutions.

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